Must Read Monday: Save The Date

Rarely can I turn down a fiction novel that deals with the wedding industry. While I had never read a Mary Kay Andrews book before, Save the Date has definitely turned me into a big fan!

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After her husband’s affair, Cara hires a lawyer and doesn’t hesitate to sign the divorce papers. She continues to lead her life as the up-and-coming Savannah florist, creating extraordinary arrangements and spending plenty of time with her golden-dooble, Poppy. When a potential lover come into the picture and a disaster occurs at Carrie’s wedding of a lifetime, Cara must put on her big girl panties and learn to face her demons.

Happy Reading!

 

National Average Wedding Cost

As someone who works in the wedding industry, I see plenty of photos of weddings from over-the-top whimsy to beachside elopements. Like many girls my age, visit my Pinterest page and you’ll see thousands of wedding related pins. The modern bride is trend savvy and wants her wedding to stand above the rest. This of course puts pressure on many wedding professionals to stay atop of the latest greatest, innovative wedding ideas that their target bride can’t resist. With all of this being said, it should be not surprise that the national average wedding cost is higher than it has ever been! After surveying nearly 13,000 brides, The Knot found the average American bride is spending around $29,858. Be sure to view the image below to see the break down of price by category, and it won’t be a shocker why this price has sky rocketed!

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Fab Find: Plum Pretty Sugar

If you’ve been up on your real weddings featured in some of the hottest wedding publications and blogs, then you may have seen today’s fab find! The silk, floral robes from Plum Pretty Sugar are absolutely perfect for making your “getting ready” photos even more swanky. Even if you or your best gal isn’t tying the knot soon, don’t let that stop you from purchasing your favorite printed robe from Plum Pretty Sugar! Here are a few of my favorites from the collection, but to see all of there fabulous designs please browse here.

Happy Shopping! XO

Six Staples for Surviving a Summer Wedding

With June on our heels, wedding season kicking off and hot Southern weather rolling in there is a lot happening in the South. What isn’t to love about a summer wedding below the Mason-Dixon line? Well, there is one thing I believe we’d all agree on and that’s the thick, humid, scorching heat that takes over the outdoors come late spring. Since your weekends will be filled with wedding festivities I thought I’d share some tips and tricks to staying cool and comfortable during summer those hot summer nuptials. From spritzers to sunscreen, here are a few of my go-to suggestions for surviving a summer wedding!

Wear Sunscreen. But, seriously…wear sunscreen! Any part of your skin that will be exposed the blaring sun should be slathered in a coat of at least 15 SPF sunscreen. Whether you’re just outside for the cocktail hour or spending the entire afternoon celebrating outside, pack a small bottle in your clutch and reapply between cocktails.

Up-do Your Hair. While an up-do may not be your best look, trust me, you’ll thank me for this suggestion later. The last thing you want is to see the next day are  pictures of your hair looking a hot mess. Make a spa day of it and plan to have your hair done professionally before the big “I do’s.”

Hydrate. Without a doubt, water should be your best friend on the big day! There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the bride and groom’s signature cocktails, but to avoid dehydration and becoming “that girl” at your friend’s wedding be sure to toss back plenty of H2O.

Pack Your Shades. Making sure to wear your sunglasses should be a given, but I can’t even count the number of times I’ve left them at home! Save your beautiful eyes (and eye makeup) and please, please remember to bring your stylish shades. I always keep a backup pair in my car just in case too!

Spritzers. No, I am not referring to white wine spritzers! I’m talking about those precious petite Evian Facial Sprays. These gems are a true lifesavers and are one of my favorite go-tos for warm weather, from beach to wedding days.

Dress Appropriately. Normally I would say that beauty is pain, but when it comes to the humid air I raise the white flag! Keep it cool with a seersuckers sundress or your favorite lightweight Lilly dress; because there is nothing worse then wearing a tight dress or anything silk to a summer wedding!!

DIY Darling: Tassle Garland

With graduation on my heels you would assume that I would be concerned with finding a job, but that isn’t the case. Instead,  decorations for my graduation party is what’s truly consuming me! Playing off the theme of my announcements I’ve decided to have a little do-it-yourself fun and design tassel garland to deck the porch during the celebration. While it’s no secret that everyone is just smitten with this darling decor accent, I couldn’t help but share HGTV’s easy as pie how-to.

 

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/2 Sheet of 20″ X 20″ Tissue Paper {this is per tassel!}
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or Cord

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Step One: Fringe. Fold a piece of tissue paper in half and in half the other way. Cut strips towards the fold to create fringe, leaving about 1 inch uncut at the fold line. Once all strips are cut, unfold the tissue and cut in half so you have 2 sheets with fringe (to make 2 tassels).

Step Two: Twist. Unfold tissue paper. Begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. 

Step Three: Loop. Continue rolling, fold in half and then twist to create a loop for hanging.

To read more on HGTV’s Make Your Own Tissue Paper Tassel Garland browse here! Happy Crafting!

2014 Wedding Trends

So…you’ve said “Yes!” to your handsome man, popped the question to your best friends and now you don’t know what to do! Many brides are afraid of the wedding planning process because let’s be honest, it can be extremely stressful. A great starting point you may ask? Well, checking out the latest, greatest 2014 weddings trends of course!

Just like fashion trends, it’s inevitable that wedding trends will change every year. What has brides swooning this year? The “naked” cake, jumpsuits (not dresses!), hashtags, unplugged weddings, garland centerpieces, chair swag, full bloom bouquets and ribbon are just a few!  

While I have given you a few of my absolute favorite 2014 wedding trends, there is always one important detail of every wedding. Remember that your wedding is just that…it’s your own! If whatever is trending in the wedding industry doesn’t suit your color scheme or personality, skip it! Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, so enjoy every moment 🙂

Congratulations to all of you lucky ladies saying “I do” this year! I hope today’s post gives you some inspiration for planning your big day!

So You Said “Yes!”

Congratulations to any lucky lady who said “Yes!” over the holiday season, but today’s blog isn’t about you! No, it is about your sisters, besties, future family, sorority sisters and whoever else you’ve asked to be apart of your big day!
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While I’ve only been a bridesmaid three times in my life (one time as the MOH), I’ve witnessed my fair share of a variety of bridesmaids. From the bitter sister to the attention hungry harlot, there can be so many personalities in a single wedding party. With this in mind, I have a few tips on how to be a perfect maid leading up to the big day and of course the day of!

  1. You weren’t asked to be the Maid of Honor – get over it! If the bride’s future sister-in-law was somehow crowned the MOH over you, the girl who spent countless summers with her, learn accept it. Yes, it sucks, but you’ve never let a title break you down before, so why start now?
  2. Never stop offering your assistance. From the DIY bride who will need help crafting every aspect of her day to the bride who wants to do everything herself, always offer your help. You won’t be asked to perform brain surgery, so what’s so bad about in sealing a few save-the-date’s and sipping on some Pinot while y’all are at it.
  3. Throw her the party SHE wants. Whether it’s a Monograms and Mimosas shower or a wild Las Vegas bachelorette party, grab y’alls closest gal pals and plan the bride the party she wants! Remember, your time will come soon enough for the party theme you’ve kept hidden on your secret Pinterest board!
  4. Don’t talk about the bride with your fellow bridesmaids! If your bride turns into the stereotypical bridezilla…never, ever, ever talk behind her back, especially with the other bridesmaids! Besides the fact that it could (and probably will) get back to the bride, it creates a bad atmosphere among everyone in the wedding party!
  5. Hate your dress, the theme or her decision to host fire throwers during the reception  One thing that I’ve learned the most is to just go with the flow. Like I said earlier, remember this isn’t your wedding! Paint a smile on your face if you must, but supporting your bride will be worth seeing her tears of joy on her big day when you’re standing in front of her in that mustard-yellow dress.

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Congratulations for being ask to be apart of the biggest day in someone’s life! This job is such an honor and I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!

A Little Thing Called Love

It was a crisp, fall Friday night and I was putting my cheerleading uniform on to cheer for my high school’s football team. Like so many of my fellow classmates we lived for Friday night spent under the lights of our small town “stadium.” Little did I know that that night would be one that I would still remember eight years later.

I noticed him right away. We went to church camp together when we were kids and he was from a neighboring county, a rival of my high school’s football team. He was tall, lanky and had piercing blue eyes that could stop you dead in your tracks. It was that night that we began “talking” {as we referred to it then} and just a few short months later he would ask me to be his girlfriend. Today marks the eighth year anniversary of that day.

Our relationship as been anything but easy. Right out of high school I went to the University of Alabama and during that time he moved to the southern part of Virginia to work. During my sophomore year of college I became incredibly sick. I returned to Virginia and he was by my side the entire time, even when I gave him every opportunity to leave. After I was finally better, he decided to join the Army and now he has been a United States Solider for more than two years. Needless to say, our hometown romance turned into a long distance love that we have held onto for quite sometime.

We always joke about how people ask us relationship advice when we have only dated each other. Long distance relationships are not something I’d want any couple should go through! It is really hard and can make you crazy, depressed and even insane. Our biggest motivator is that we both wanted to accomplish so many goals and we were each other’s biggest support. I wanted to go to college and get a degree and he wanted to serve his country just as his father and grandfathers had done.  Simply,  our ability to not be selfish is what has gotten us through is.

I know being in a long distance relationship will not be forever. We will be able to live our happy ever after one day and when that day comes I will be the happiest girl in the world. I am so lucky to have found the man of my dreams at sixteen and to have had eight wonderful years with him! Cheers to many more years to come and only three more days until he comes home for Christmas!!

 

Engagement Season

Everyone is well aware that wedding season begins in May and lasts throughout the summer, but did you know that the holidays kick off engagement season?! With this in mind I had to share The Knot’s video on what NOT to say to a newly engaged friend. While t is a hysterical video, it’s sadly in the comments we sometimes make when we find out our friend is engaged! Enjoy!